City of White Plains steps up Red Light Safety Camera ProgramPosted: Updated:
Drivers in White Plains may want to think twice before running a red light.
The city is stepping up its Red Light Safety Camera Program, set to launch sometime this week.
More red-light cameras will be at busy intersections, including one at Main and Bank streets.
Motorists who blow through red lights can expect a $50 violation notice in the mail.
White Plains traffic engineer Thomas Soyk says it is all about safety as the city rolls out Phase 2 of its program. It's adding nine more red-light cameras at seven intersections in the city.
Phase 1, which began just over a year ago, included placing six cameras at five intersections. City officials say they've seen a reduction in accidents compared to the year before.
"We had a 26% reduction in three types of accidents that we're targeting: angled collisions, pedestrian and also left turn opposing accidents,” says Soyk.
City officials say they are encouraged by the success of the red-light camera program and the significant reduction in accidents.
Phase 2 of the program is expected to be completed in about a month.
The cities of New Rochelle, Yonkers and Mount Vernon also have similar programs.